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Bijou Salon celebrates first anniversary

She said one of the enjoyable aspects of her job is the relaxing atmosphere she has to work in, which is a benefit to the employees and clients -- like Sheila Kelly who has been making appointments for her hair at Bijou for about a year.

"I love it," Kelly remarked.

Chocolate brown, turquoise and silver paint on the walls and mirrors and fixtures to accent the colors help to bring about a peaceful feeling as clients sit in one of four styling chairs.

Though she had heard many different opinions about owning a business, Baker said she knows she can juggle a few things at once, which has helped to make her successful. It just feels good to have her own business, she said. Helping her out on the money end of the business, Baker's partner and boyfriend, Thomas Bringas, an engineer, handles the books so she can focus on the many other facets of the business.

"I can't say that I've ever had one day that I've said, 'Ugh, why did I do this?" Baker said.

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